OECD events on water


The OECD maintains an active progamme of water-related events:

  • International conferences dedicated to water issues (part of the OECD Global Forum series) – where recent OECD work is shared and further discussed with government officials and water experts from all over the world.
  • Sessions in key events in the international water agenda, such as the World Water Forum (held every three years) or the annual World Water Week – where policy messages from recent and on-going work are showcased.
  • Workshops and expert meetings that help implement the OECD programme by providing an opportuinity to receive and discuss expert input into OECD projects.
  • Water sessions in OECD meetings focused on other themes – such as governance and agricultural meetings.

A list of upcoming and past events can be found below. More information about participation possibilities and outcomes can be obtained through the links provided. In addition, OECD experts are often called to make water-related presentations in international events, and to provide expert input to global or regional processes.


18-23 March 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia.
26-31 August World Water Week "Water, ecosystems and human development", Stockholm.

Thursday 30 November | GREEN TALKS LIVE "Groundwater Allocation"

Groundwater withdrawals have risen sharply in the past 50 years and the resource is becoming increasingly degraded due to pollution and saline intrusion.

Green talks Groundwater Allocation
Thursday 30 November at 17h00 CET (Paris time)‌

REGISTER to join Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate to learn more about the challenges of groundwater allocation and the key questions governments need to answer to establish robust allocation arrangements.

How can policies slow depletion, contribute to aquifer recovery and prevent pollution?
And how can allocation arrangements be designed to maximise the benefits – economic, environmental and social – derived from groundwater today and in the future?

The talk will highlight findings from the recently released OECD report: Groundwater Allocation: Managing Growing Pressures on Quantity and Quality.

Duration: 1 hour (Presentation of 20-30 minutes followed by Q&A)




21-22 November Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum on Greening the Ocean Economy, OECD Paris.
20-21 November 10th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, Vienna.
18 October Green Talks LIVE | Groundwater Allocation: Managing Growing Pressures on Quantity and Quality
13 September 2nd meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water, at WATEC, Tel Aviv.
27 August - 1 Sept OECD at World Water Week "Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse", Stockholm.
3-4 July 9th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, OECD Paris.
29 May - 3 June International Water Resources Association (IWRA) XVI World Water Congress, Cancun.
24 April 2017 "Putting water at the centre of the global agenda", remarks and essay by Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, at the event “Prioritising Water on the Global Agenda”, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
12-13 April Roundtable on Financing Water - 1st meeting, OECD Paris.
6 April Green Talks LIVE on Degraded Waters: Emerging policy solutions to tackle diffuse pollution.
22 March 2017 World Water Day 2017 webinar on wastewater organised by International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and release of the OECD report Diffuse Pollution, Degraded Waters: Emerging Policy Solutions.
28 Aug - 2 Sept 2016   2016 Stockholm World Water Week "Water for Sustainable Growth.
December 2015 COP21 side event: Defining water resilient actions to climate change, Paris-Le Bourget.
September 2015 "Let's talk about water" panel and film event on Water Policy in the Age of Big Data. Putting the information revolution to work for water, opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, OECD Paris.
August 2015 OECD at World World Water Week, Stockholm, including a workshop on managing water resources for green growth and equity (Programme Session 1session 2 and session 3).
April 2015 7th World Water Forum, Korea. The OECD Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría, chaired several high-level panels and the OECD actively participated through a series of events, the launch of four reports and by taking part in a number of workshops and seminars throughout the forum. 
November 2014  OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus, OECD Paris.
September 2014 OECD at World Water Week, Stokcholm.
August 2014 Joint OECD, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) Seminar on Water Risks and Stewardship, India. Summary and Proceedings of the seminar.
June 2014 OECD participation in the Singapore International Water Week and the World Cities Summit. Promotion of the OECD-GWP Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and the project on Managing Water for Future Cities.
October 2013 International Conference on Water, Tel Aviv.

September 2013

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week, Stockholm. The OECD's Secretary-General as well as OECD staff participated in a number of seminars and events. Two new OECD Water reports were launched "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters".

August 2012 

OECD participation at the 2012 World Water Week, Stockholm.

June 2012

OECD at Rio+20 Conference. The outcomes of the Rio+20 conference identify many areas for further work to move towards sustainable development and a greener economy. The OECD stands ready to assist countries to tailor green growth to their specific circumstances in areas including, reforming fossil fuel subsidies, greening jobs and skills and innovation.

March 2012

OECD participation in the 6th World Water Forum, Marseille. The OECD Secretary-General participated in a series of high-level panels. The OECD organised a side event, where several reports were launched. A series of sessions were organised by the Secretariat on selected Core Groups and Target Solution Groups.

December 2011

COP17. OECD expert involvement focused on green growth and climate change, adaptation and mitigation, carbon accounting, improving transparency (“MRV”), climate finance and technology.

October 2011

Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen, OECD Paris.
October 2011 Global Forum on Environment on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050, OECD Paris.

September 2011

7th "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe. OECD participation and launch "Ten Years of Water Sector Reform in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia", Astana.

August 2011

2011 World Water Week 2011: Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World, Stockholm.

December 2010

COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, was a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change. The OECD actively participated in several ways, including through OECD side events, participation in other side events, an official statement and a publication stand.

September 2010

2010 World Water Week in Stockholm: The Water Quality Challenge

May 2010

OECD Workshop on Improving the information base to better guide water resource management decision making, Zaragoza

March 2010

OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing, Paris. The aim of this meeting was to seek expert input to two on-going OECD projects on financing water resources management and the benefits of water supply and sanitation policies.

March 2010

As a contribution to World Water Day, celebrated each year on 22 March, the OECD released three new publications on water: Pricing Water Resources and Water and Sanitation ServicesSustainable Management of Water Resources in Agriculture; and Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría made a special address on the occasion of the release of these reports on 16 March during the OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing (15-17 March), OECD Paris.

February 2010

OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting, Paris. As part of this meeting, ministers of agriculture from OECD and emerging countries discussed how should agriculture face new challenges and opportunities related to climate change and water shortages.

January 2010

Regional Meeting on Private Sector Participation in water and sanitation in EECCA – Recent Experience and the Way Forward. The objective of the meeting was to attract the attention of key stakeholders, foremost EECCA policy-makers, to international “good practices” and tools that can help countries to assess and improve their legal and institutional frameworks for PSP in the water and sanitation sector, and to discuss the reforms that could help to improve the framework for PSP.

November 2009

Joint Meeting of the EU Water Initiative's EECCA Working Group and the OECD EAP Task Force’s Group of Senior Officials for Water Sector Reform in EECCA, Bucharest.

June 2009  

OECD Expert Meeting on Financing Water Management, Paris.

March 2009 

2009 World Water Forum, Istanbul.

December 2008  

OECD Global Forum: Financing and Pricing Water: the roles of government policies, the private sector and civil society, Paris.

September 2008 

IMTA-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Latin American country experiences, Mexico. The meeting provided a discussed the elements of a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector and the draft OECD Checklist for Public Action, building on the experience of Latin American countries.

March 2008

ADB-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Asian country experiences, Manila. The expert meeting aimed to advance the debate on private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, by providing a forum for participants to help guide the ADB and OECD in their efforts to develop a better understanding of the key elements of a beneficial partnership. This joint ADB/OECD meeting supported the development of the OECD Checklist for Public Action building on the experience of Asian countries.

November 2007

OECD Expert Meeting on Sustainable Financing for Affordable Water Services: From Theory to Practice. This meeting brought together water experts to provide guidance to the OECD on how to develop analytical work in the areas of water pricing and water services financing.

November 2007

NEPAD-OECD Roundtable on Strengthening Investment Climate Assessment and Reform in NEPAD Countries, Lusaka. The aim was to develop policy capacity building tools to support implementation of investment climate reform policies in African countries, with a specific focus on the investment environment conditions conducive to attracting investment for development in the water and sanitation sector. It is the first of three regional consultations that supported the development of the OECD Checklist for Public Action.

November 2006

OECD Global Forum: Public-Private Partnerships in Water Supply and Sanitation – Recent Trends and New OpportunitiesParis. This meeting brought together private operators and government representatives from the OECD and developing countries to discuss the current status of public-private partnerships in the water supply and sanitation sector and examine the possible policy measures that could enable the private sector to play a greater role in helping to achieve the water related MDGs.

December 2003 OECD Global Forum: Financing Water and Environmental Infrastructure for AllParis. This meeting discussed how to finance access to drinking water supply and sanitation services, including through the development of financing strategies, tapping local capital markets, and improving the management of public expenditures on water.


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